MrsChocolateMalfoy, November 2, 2013 (view all comments by MrsChocolateMalfoy)
This book has a very chilling effect on the read. The most shocking thing about this book is that it is so well written that it actually seems like it could be happening right now. Everything else in society is fairly normal like it is now, with the exception of unwinding and a few other minor details. Shusterman does an excellent job at portraying this concept without creating an entirely differently world in the process. It was a very shocking read and, to some extent, did change my perspective on the world once I had finished it.
Beverly B, February 22, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Unwind is disturbing, but not because of the science fiction elements, but because of the political elements. The world has been brainwashed into believing that it is patriotic and an act of selflessness to hand over to the government any teenager who has not lived up to his/her parents expectations so the teen's body parts and organs can be used for transplants. Connor has always had trouble following instructions from adults, so when he discovers his father's plan to send him away to be "unwound", he runs away. While running from the cops, he causes a major freeway pile up, giving foster kid, Risa, the opportunity to escape from the bus taking her to be unwound. And amidst the pile up, Connor spots Lev, also on his way to being unwound, and kidnaps him to save him. The three teens, from three very different backgrounds, decide to help each other stay hidden and survive until the age of 18 when they will be safe from unwinding. From this exciting inciting event forward, the story is suspenseful and action packed. Where ever Connor goes, chaos and trouble follow.
Paula Corbett, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by Paula Corbett)
Neal Shusterman's Unwind is a fabulously thought-provoking tale of ethical dilemmas in the future. Conner, Risa and Lev, the teenaged main characters, pull the reader along in their daring attempt to escape the fate that awaits them. Although the characters are teens, this is a great book for adults as well. Once it grabs the reader, it doesn't let go.
crowyhead, October 24, 2009 (view all comments by crowyhead)
Have you ever joked that someone should be a candidate for "retroactive abortion"? In the world described by Shusterman in Unwind, it's no longer a sick joke, it's a reality. After the United States was nearly torn apart by a second Civil War -- this one between anti-abortion and pro-choice forces -- the government proposed a unique and hideous compromise, fueled in part by advances in organ transplants. Abortion would be outlawed, but once a child turned thirteen, they could be signed over by their parents to be Unwound, their organs and tissues spread amongst hundreds of people.
Fleeing Unwinding is a crime, but if a child can stay free until his or her eighteenth birthday, they are legally an adult and no longer a candidate. This is the only option for Connor, whose parents made him an Unwind due to behavioral problems, and Risa, a ward of the state who is to be Unwound due to budget cuts. Fortunately, the pair stumble into an underground dedicated to hiding and protecting Unwinds -- but this comes with its own dangers from unexpected quarters.
This book was absolutely gripping, and Shusterman has created a novel that will appeal to science fiction fans looking for the next step up from Haddix's "Hidden" series, or to those who loved Collins' The Hunger Games.
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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers -
In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them. In this work, "Boston Globe/Horn Book" Award-winner Shusterman challenges readers' ideas about life--not just where life begins and where it ends, but what it truly means to be alive.
Kylas memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost forever. Shes been slated. The government claims that she was a terrorist and they are giving her a second chance—if she plays by their rules. But scenes from the past haunt her as she tries to adjust to a new life, family, and school, leaving her unsettled. Who is she really? And if only criminals are meant to be slated, why are so many other teens disappearing? As she and her friend Ben seek answers, Kyla is torn between the need to know more and her instinct for self-preservation.
Perfect for fans of the dystopian settings of The Hunger Games and Divergent, the gripping second installment of the Slated trilogy is a riveting psychological thriller set in a future where violent teens have their memory erased as an alternative to jail.
Kyla has been Slated—her personality wiped blank, her memories lost to her forever. Or so she thought. She shouldnt be able to remember anything. But increasingly she can—and shes discovering that there are a lot of dark secrets locked away in her memories. When a mysterious man from her past comes back into her life and wants her help, she thinks shes on her way to finding the truth. But this new knowledge lands her in the middle of a tug-of-war between two dangerous adversaries, and despite her misgivings about both of them, shes forced to choose a side for her own protection.
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